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making news in america t his morning -- the politics of jobs. >> president obama, mitt romney and today's employment report. the president taking his message on the road, amid new evidence of romney's fund-raising power. savage storms wreak havoc in eastern tennessee. there are fatalities. and many residents waking up without power this morning. abc news on the front lines in afghanistan. we're along with u.s. forces, letting the afghans take the lead against the taliban. and that lifeguard who was fired after saving someone's life. he has a new message, now, for his former employers. i'm sunny hostin. paula faris is on assignment.
>> and i'm rob nelson. good morning, everybody. we begin with the number one issue on voters' minds this election year. that, of course, the economy and jobs. a new report out today gives another indication of who is hiring. >> and when it comes out, both president obama and mitt romney is ready to make some political hay. abc's tahman bradley joins us with more from washington. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, sunny and rob. as much as the obama campaign would like to keep the campaign story on mitt romney, the story will be about the economy, with an important economic barometer. president obama will get another taste of main street today, when his bus rolls through ohio and pennsylvania. the president has been on the attack. but that could change at the release of the jobs report. a weak report could put president obama back on the defensive. this as his campaign pelts mitt romney with charges of offshore
cash and outsourcing jobs. the campaign is using an ad to make the attack. >> outsourcing versus insourcing. it matters. >> reporter: and on the stump. >> governor romney's experience has been in owning companies that were called pioneers of outsourcing. >> president obama is betting on america and american workers. and mitt romney is betting his resources in the cayman islands, in bermuda, in switzerland. and god only knows where else, he's putting his resources. >> reporter: while romney enjoyed some time off with his family, his campaign denies he outsourced jobs. shadowing the president yesterday on his swing through ohio, two republican vice presidential possibilities. bobby jindal and tim pawlenty. pawlenty says the president needs to get tough with china. >> he said he was going the to crack down on china's improper
practices when it comes to trade and currency. and he did almost nothing about it during his presidency. >> reporter: mitt romney keeps raking in big cash. he and the republican national committee reportedly raised $100 million last month, a republican record. rob and sunny? >> abc's tahman bradley in washington. thank you. we also have breaking news overnight from tennessee. at least two people have been killed after a line of strong thunderstorms moved through great smokey mountains national park. one victim was riding a motorcycle when the storms hit. the second was a 41-year-old woman camping in the woods when a tree simply fell on top of her. there was major damage also in the knoxville area when trees came down there. thousands, now, are without power this morning. we'll have more on all of the damage coming up later today on "good morning america." for the midwest, another day of oppressive heat. 24 states are under a heat advisory. summer school classes in chicago are canceled. those high temperatures move east by tomorrow, where it will
be nearly 100 degrees right here in new york. then, relief, finally, next week. >> it's going to be a hot weekend, that's for sure. time, now, for the rest of the weather, heading into the post-fourth weekend. severe storms could threaten parts of michigan, wisconsin and the dakotas, as well. also, there will be showers from the ohio valley down to new orleans. very pleasant, though, along the west coast. >> seattle could touch 80 for the first time this summer. about ten degrees warmer than usual in portland. new england is lovely in the mid-80s. fargo cools down to the mid-70s. we now turn to some legal news this morning. late last night scott peterson has filed an appeal of his death sentence in the murder of his wife and unborn son eight years ago. his lawyers claim pretrial publicity, incorrect trial rulings and other mistakes deprived peterson of a fair trial. peterson has always maintained he had nothing to do with the murders. and the man who killed trayvon martin has a chance to leave jail now that a new bond has been set. but this time, the bail for
george zimmerman is a lot higher, to the tune of $1 million. that's a sign the judge was not too pleased with zimmerman's misstatements about how much money he actually had. describers are describing chaos on a crowded yacht that capsized off long island, new york, killing three children. the man piloting the 34-foot boat says lightning cracked. then, the boat was slammed by a rogue wave. the three children, two of them cousins were trapped in a cabin as the yacht sank. and another child has died after a freak electrocution accident on july 4th. the 11-year-old is the second boy to die after being shocked while swimming near houseboats in tennessee's cherokee lake. authorities say a faulty electrical cord could be to blame. a huge crane has collapsed at a wisconsin work site, killing one construction worker and injuring another.
crews working on a highway expansion project in oshkosh were using that crane to lift a 52-ton beam when it gave way. it's actually the second deadly crane accident on the project this year. and fire has hit the hershey park arena at the pennsylvania theme park. workers were putting on a new roof when the five-alarm fire broke out. the arena's the site where wilt chamberlain set an incredible nba record. scoring 100 points for the philadelphia warriors back then in a game against the new york knicks. that game was 50 years ago. a new report finds mechanical problems and human error led to that deadly air france crash three years ago. all 228 passengers onboard were killed when the plane plunged into the atlantic ocean. the report paints a picture of chaos in the cockpit as the two co-pilots struggle to fly through a thunderstorm. the results could force a change in pilot training. and it could also leave the plane's maker, airbus and air
france, facing criminal charges. this morning, police in london are insisting that a string of terror-related arrests in the city have no link to the olympic games, which begin in less than three weeks. six terror suspects, five men and a woman, were rounded up in raids, which included a home just a mile from olympic park. scotland yard says they'd been tracking the suspects but uncovered no imminent attack plans. now, an abc news exclusive. american troops training afghan soldiers found themselves in the middle of a taliban ambush. abc's muhammad lila was imbedded with the troops as the gunfire broke out. >> reporter: we set out at sunrise. the mission, help the afghan army reclaim this alley from the taliban. >> that was a taliban flag in the village. >> reporter: walking through this alley it is clear, this is an afghan-led mission. it's their strategy and their fight. didn't take long for the fight to find us. we were walking through the valley, when we suddenly heard
gunshots and loud explosions. we believe we may have walked into a bit of an ambush. possibly now we're caught in the crossfire. we can hear the shots coming from behind that ridge. that's the afghan army. they are leading this fight. they are the ones returning the fire. with mortars and heavy machine gunfire surrounding us, american soldiers get involved. >> there has to be somebody right up there. >> reporter: but they aren't in charge of this fight. the afghans are. the americans hoping they can handle it on their own. with casualties mounting, tempers flare. afghans argue and fight among themselves. in the end, the afghans realize they still need american help. they demand american fighter jets bail them out. the american air strike worked. but the reality is the victory is only temporary. american air support won't always be here to save the day. muhammad lila, abc news, afghanistan.
>> that story is so telling about the problems in that country going forward, particularly when americans leave at the end of 2014. >> that's the scheduled date, 2014. >> another 18 months. yeah. coming up next, a surprising report on what couples are now spending on their weddings. plus, you can probably figure what drove some blowout earnings from samsung. your business news is straight ahead. and the big, new addition to the london skyline. but not everyone is actually too thrilled about it.
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as we mentioned earlier, the focus is on the job market again. today's report for june will be a major issue in the presidential campaign. but other reports yesterday, they were pretty encouraging. employers are planning the fewest layoffs in more than a year. on top of that, the payroll company, adp, says private sector hiring last month rose more than expected. samsung's quarterly profits are up almost 80% from a year ago. largely due to the company's success in smartphones. the world's largest maker of televisions and mobile phones also had strong sales last quarter. but shares slipped a bit because investors had expected even more. overseas investors are mostly hanging back, waiting for the u.s. jobs report. tokyo's nikkei average fell 59 points today. hong kong's hang seng was off 56. in london, the ftse opened higher. and on wall street, the dow slipped 47 points yesterday. the nasdaq index barely changed.
well, hundreds of city workers in scranton, pennsylvania, are going to be disappointed when they opened their paychecks today. they are getting minimum wage. a judge ordered the city to honor union contracts. but the mayor there says scranton just doesn't have the cash. >> my, my. >> that's a sign of the times, yeah. despite uncertainty over jobs and the economy, couples are still spending big bucks on their weddings. the average tab last year was about $26,000. pretty close to what it was before the recession. >> so is spending on gowns, venues, food and liquor. where they're cutting back on rehearsal dinners, recorded music rather than live, and cutting back on the number of guests. my advise still stands, elope and use the money more wisely, for a down payment for a new home. >> you have to have a big wedding and a dress. >> not a good investment. you know that. put it in a home.
don't waste it on a party where people eat, drink and get drunk. all right. i'm done. when we come back, an arrest in the case of mickey shunick, the college student that went missing in may. and quite a surprise on a dallas highway. not too many people saw it coming. twinkle twinkle hope appears. a stevia leaf erased my fears. it made my willpower a super hero. as for calories, it has zero. twinkle twinkle truvia® star natural sweetness, i love just what you are. truvia. honestly sweet.
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minneapolis, atlanta and charlotte. there's been an arrest in the disappearance of a louisiana college student. mickey shunick was last seen in may when she left her friend's house to ride her bike home. >> now, a registered sex offender has been booked on first-degree murder. we'll get details when police hold a news conference today. a surprise verdict in the trial of a man who admitted assaulting a priest. william lynch was found not guilty after he testified about the abuse he claims to have suffered at the hands of that very same priest. jurors in san jose say no one wanted to convict lynch after hearing his emotional story. prosecutors had tried to prove it was a case of vigilante justice. we're getting a look, this morning, at raw video of a wreck in dallas when a city transit van plowed into another vehicle at a tollway. transportation officials released the images of the van just slamming into a vehicle that was strapped in traffic on a ramp, triggering a chain
reaction of five vehicles. they say the van driver simply didn't slow down for the traffic. >> unbelievable. now, let's turn to some sports highlights from our friends over at espn news. >> good morning. randy scott here with your "sportscenter" update. we start you in queens. it was supposed to be a pitcher's duel between r.a. dickey and the mets and cole hamels and the phillies. instead, david wright would ruin all that. hamels, 5-10, in 19 year starts with the mets. mets up three. jimmy rollins, taking dickey to the corner. hamels had a nice night. bottom nine. mets down one. and they give to jonathan papelbon, literally. that's daniel murphy. next batter, david wright. a little flare into shallow right. still looks like a laser in the box score. and the mets come back to win, 6-5, in queens. elsewhere, in the n.l. east,
you have the giants wearing the throwbacks, taking on the nats in the nation's capital. angel pagan, to right center. pablo sandoval. he's big. but he can hustle. giants, down one. bottom seven, danny espinosa, let the come back begin. not off mr. perfect. it's matt cain. later in the inning, bases loaded. adam laroche. it's the walkoff fielder's choice. nats win, 6-5. sunday night, yankees/red sox, as they wrap up a four-game set. 8:00 p.m. on espn, espn3 and the watch espn app. and we have an update on a story we told you about yesterday. you'll remember murray, utah, mayor, dan snarr, and his 18-inch handlebar mustache. >> at the july fourth parade, residents voted with their
thumb, whether snarr should save it or shave it. now, we know that snarr will be keeping his stache. his wife isn't too thrilled for extremely obvious reasons. >> i'm note too thrilled, either. >> i'm not feeling that stache, man. but he has character. >> i think he should shave it. >> please. up next, "the pulse." from apparent predivorce planning by katie holmes. and the lifeguard from florida we told you about at the top of the show. what he's already told the company that fired him. i was teaching a martial arts class and having a heart attack.
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particular. now, we have word that she's backing another political candidate. >> he is a recent stanford graduate. recent stanford university graduate, michael stubbs. he's a candidate for city council for his hometown of stockton, california. >> she has contributed to two campaigns. president obama's campaign and newark, new jersey mayor, cory booker. finally, a follow-up to a story that's been making headlines since yesterday about the florida lifeguard who did his job. >> he helped save a drowning man but was fired. thomas lopez has been offered his job back at that beach. he said thanks, but no thanks. he's looking for other job opportunities. good for him. >> that's right. well, for some of you, your local news is next. >> for everyone else, we'll be back with an amazing look at artifacts from a long history of
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next, gilroy police will investigate how the toddler son of a san jose police officer was shot to death at his home. >> horse racing resumes with heavy hearts, a jockey was killed yesterday. >> meteorologist mike nicco has our forecast. cloudy start in most neighborhoods. i have a warming trend through the weekend into next week. showers in the ohio valley. oppressive heat in the midwest moves east by tomorrow. and finally, we don't see much of former first lady nancy reagan in public anymore. she turns 91 today.
happy birthday. >> absolutely. just ahead of her big birthday, she made an appearance at her husband's presidential library, kicking off an exhibit, of ronald reagan's history with our parent company, disney. more from reporter rob hayes. >> reporter: it's the kind of fanfare that disney prides itself of. the grand opening of the treasures archive exhibit, with former first lady nancy reagan taking part. it shows the partnership that the former president and disney had. starting with the grand opening in 1955, which featured reagan as an emcee. >> it's quite stunning to see, just because not only his youth, and knowing what we know he became. but recognizing there was a connection between two extraordinary individuals who embodied the american dream. >> reporter: inside, examples of reagan's connections with disney, from appearances at the
theme parks, to his likeness, featured in the hall of presidents. >> walt disney with ronald reagan. >> reporter: officials will tell you this exhibit is a rare glimpse inside the history of the entertainment company. costumes from movie classics. props from "the black pearl." and the naught list from "20,000 leagues under the sea." all of this, spanning 950 years of history. >> some in this exhibit have never been publicly displayed before. and others have rarely been seen outside the berm of disneyland or outside the gates of the walt disney studios. >> reporter: disney troop had a treat for the former first lady. ♪ happy birthday to you >> reporter: rob hayes reporting, for abc news. that's what's making news in america this morning. >> stay with us for "good morning america." have a great weekend, everybody.